Hurricane Dean

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Felix Reaches Category 5

Storm Heads for Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula

(Newser) - Hurricane Felix grew into a Category 5—the most dangerous—storm last night, packing winds of 127 mph as it roared west across the southern Caribbean, heading for Central America. Felix is predicted to brush the Honduras coastline tomorrow, and hit Belize on Wednesday, the AP reports. More »

Rain, Flooding Now Dean's Biggest Threat

Downgraded to tropical storm after 2nd landfall

(Newser) - Hurricane Dean hit Mexico again today and poured heavy rains over flood-prone regions, the AP reports. Nobody died in the onslaught, which struck as a Category 2 hurricane and weakened into a tropical storm by evening. But Dean is raising water levels and fears of mudslides and flash floods as... More »

Dean to Make Last Stand

Storm strong on course to return to Mexico

(Newser) - Hurricane Dean gathered serious strength in preparation for its final landfall in the Mexican city of Tuxpan later today, and its 90mph winds may increase further before touchdown. The storm smashed the Yucatan yesterday, then moved across the Bay of Campeche and its oil rigs, which were evacuated ahead of... More »

Endeavour Returns Home

Shuttle touches down a day early to beat Hurricane Dean

(Newser) - Endeavour landed safely in Florida this afternoon, a day earlier than planned. Damage sustained during launch didn't affect the space shuttle's return from its 13-day mission, and neither did Hurricane Dean, CNN reports. "Welcome back. You give new meaning to the term 'higher education,' " Mission Control told... More »

Dean Lashes Mexican Coast

Category 5 storm packs severe winds, but leaves no immediate deaths, damage

(Newser) - Tearing into history as the most intense Atlantic storm to make landfall in two decades, Hurricane Dean today pounded the Yucatan peninsula, battering Mayan ruins and swinging toward oil rigs, the AP reports. Pummeling homes and trees in sparsely populated, mostly evacuated areas, the fierce Category 5 storm shrunk to... More »

Dean Makes Landfall in Mexico

Storm that rattled Caribbean arrives in the Yucatán

(Newser) - The ferocious Hurricane Dean struck Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula early this morning as it moved west from Jamaica. Winds of over 160mph, above the threshold for a Category 5 storm, are expected to batter seaside towns and tourist destinations on the Maya Riviera. Mexican officials have evacuated local residents, oil... More »

Hurricane Dean Heads for Mexico

Thousands flee as Category 5 storm approaches resorts

(Newser) - The Mayan Riviera emptied today as tens of thousands fled before Hurricane Dean, which has already killed nine and will likely be a Category 5 by the time it hits the Yucatan Peninsula tomorrow. Tourist destinations in the area are still recovering from 2005’s Hurricane Wilma, and beach resorts... More »

Dean Plows Into Jamaica

Hurricane sets its sights on the Caymans

(Newser) - Hurricane Dean struck Jamaica today, swamping the streets of Kingston and leaving devastation in its wake as it swept west across the Caribbean. The center of the Category 4 storm missed the island by a few miles, Reuters reports, but passed close enough to bring down numerous trees and utility... More »

Endeavour Heads Home, Dodging Dean

Hurricane threat to Mission Control lessens, but shuttle leaves early

(Newser) - To a chorus of ringing bells, space shuttle Endeavour undocked today from the international space station, skipping out a day early because of fears Hurricane Dean could disrupt its landing operations. Even though revised predictions show the storm poses almost no threat to Houston and Mission Control, the AP reports,... More »

Jamaica Steels for Hurricane

Dean on collision course with island

(Newser) - Residents of Jamaica hunkered down today waiting for Hurricane Dean, packing winds as high as 155 mph. Forecasters described the storm that has already claimed as least six lives as "extremely dangerous." It ripped past Haiti and the Dominican Republic yesterday as panicked Jamaican packed supermarkets and tourists... More »

Storm Forces Shuttle Home Early

Astronauts wrap up early to reach Houston before Hurricane Dean

(Newser) - NASA managers worried about the wrath of Hurricane Dean have ordered shuttle Endeavour home a day earlier than planned, the AP reports. Astronauts wrapped up a space walk today and prepared for a trip that would leave tomorrow and land in Houston on Tuesday. One astronaut clearly saw the hurricane’... More »

Dean Could Become Category 5

Storm tears across Caribbean, homes in on Jamaica, Mexico

(Newser) - Hurricane Dean is now expected to strengthen into a Category 5 as it barrels toward Jamaica and Mexico. Forecasters say Dean, powered by 150-mph winds, will hit the Dominican Republic and Haiti today, after ploughing through homes and banana plantations on St. Lucia and Martinique yesterday. More »

Hurricane Dean Threatens Caribbean, Keeps Growing

Storm heads through Caribbean, may hit U.S

(Newser) - Hurricane Dean is ripping through the eastern Caribbean, strengthening as it goes. The Atlantic's first hurricane of the year is passing between St. Lucia and Martinique, where residents have boarded up windows and stocked up on supplies. Next on Dean's agenda: Jamaica, and possibly Texas. More »

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